BERNE (Switzerland) - SEBASTIAN Coe is joining England's World Cup bid team vying to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup after agreeing to step down from his role as chairman of Fifa's ethics committee.
A Fifa spokesman said on Wednesday the former double Olympic track champion had agreed a leave of absence from world soccer's governing body for an unspecified period to avoid any clash of interests.
'It is obviously not possible for the chairman of the ethics committee to also be involved in one of the bids,' said the Fifa spokesman, adding that an interim successor to Coe would be named 'in due course'.
Coe, who spearheaded London's successful campaign to host the 2012 Olympic Games, was put in charge of Fifa's ethics committee following its creation in September 2006.
Part of the ethics committee's work involves helping to set the rules of the World Cup bidding process.